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First up - URBAN CLIP ART - a software package from Cultural Skies. Contents: 350 Black clip art color Images and 10 Design templates for desktop and web publishing.
For clip art, there are Black Church Clip art kits, Business Clip art, fashion, hispanic/latino and urban clip art packages. The artist were mostly influenced by street scenses and hip hop - in fact, most African American software artists today were born during the 1990s when hip hop culture and rap music were banging setting trends.
My Urban Clip Art Package Software Reviewdeveloped by Cultural Skies, distributed by COSMI
The developer refers to it as Urban Clip Art. The package arrived in a vibrant, well-illustrated package competitive for the retail shelf in a brick and mortar store. Open the case and there's a black CD enclosure covered by a cellophane wrapper. You can see the CD title imprint through it and the words Urban Clip Art shines boldly through.
Its a well done product package.
To use the clip art you'll insert Urban Clip Art CD-ROM into your computer CD/DVD drive. The disc might spin up to speed and a pop-up window may appear on your Windowsscreen asking you what do you wish to do. On the Apple, the disc mounts itself and you'll see its icon on your Finder. There is no installation executable setup file with this product. You will not have to make installation decisions but you will need to know how to manage files and folders to keep track of all the individual image files.
Your computer will offer you choices to continue and they are: Open Folder to View Files using Windows Explorer; View the Photos ( computer automatically senses the clip art files as photos, which is normal but there is no photo stock on the CD); Print the Pictures, View them as a Slide Show, Copy Pictures to a Folder on Your Computer; and Take no Action. The disc has 4 folders named urban clip art in JPG, PNG and WMF and a folder named UrbanTemplates and a file titled "License.rtf."
Feeling adventurous, I chose the View Them as a Slide Show disc insertation pop-up option. After a few seconds, one image appeared,stayed on the screen for seconds, then another clip art image appeared. The slide show was on! It was time to sit back and watch the images fly by to get a feel for you'll get.
the first twenty
I took in the first twenty images and turned climbed back into this review I'm writing to tell you what I saw so far. The first twenty images were people. They were clip art people equally men and women. Not one of the first 20 images of people was younger then 20. Most likely there are clip art images of children on the disc, but I'm telling you about the first twenty I viewed.
One image sticks out in my head as very memorable. It was the clip art image of a black woman with a bush of gold colored hair. She could have easily been Hispanic, Latino, African-American, Indian, White, Black Jewish, or mixed. It was a side view of her and the bush was a big as Angela Davis's bush. Now, the men clip art images were not recognizable men, in my opinion. Its been my experience that people who are shopping for clip art have an idea of what they are looking for and aren't too willing to choose from the vanguard unless their creative work demands it.
I hear people tell me they don't want cartoonish-looking characters. People that do are unique in blackSoftware.com's black clip art client universe. At least, it has not been the norm for our followers to want a "stem-winder" of an image. The more the images is like a real person from around the ne ighborhood or across town, the more likely people will want to use it in their creative. On this disc, the images of men and most women in the first twenty pieces were stemwinders.
Most of the characters were unusual. I had to stretch my imagination to see how I could use any of these hip-hop type urban clip art images in creative work I'm likely to work with. My interest is on print and web image use. I don't think the first batch of clip art images I am viewing relate to hip-hop or hipster culture, but they try. I think they are relating to the characters you see in a Fat Albert cartoon tv show or in a Flintstones comic book. They don't look like real people - the artist knows that these are visual examples of what he saw or was instructed to draw. I'm looking for images that look like real people in life. Let's keep looking.
Now, I'm excited!! I've rolled through the next 30 images on the disc. I see some exciting images among them. They appear after the two image panels titled "mind" and "spirit" as the slide show cntinues. There are at least 6 really good ones in that set and they are equally divided between men and women.
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So far, I haven't seen images of children but they are probably on the CD. The Urban Clip Art product has 350 images and 10 design templates. Considering the above, we have reviewed the first 60 clip art images of the 350 total in the product. We are not covering the templates in this review. We're stopping here on content coverage. You can explore this product and I'll betcha you'll find items you like.
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Image Sizes - the Urban Clip Art product images are at least 2,550 pixels wide by 3,330 pixels high. Depending on their orientation they can be larger.
the license agreement
Now, we take a look at wording in the clip art disc license agreement file enclosed. We don't like its software license. There is no reason why anyone who sells content for a creative universe should include limitations on how they intend it to be used. The conflict is - the box cover describes what's in the box and how the software should be used while the license agreement disagrees with the freedom of its intended use.
Take a look at these parts of the Urban Clip Art package software license where it says: you may not use the software on or over a network ...skip. You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the Software or distribute printed copies of any user documentation provided in electronic format.....skip. And it says .. you may not publicly perform or publicly display the Software...
Where the license refers to "software," this is not software. Its a collection of files that have certain rights -- but, there is NO programming code in the package at all and software has programming code. There is no executable SETUP.EXE software installation file in the package. The publisher fails to consider how the product will be used when they selected the wording for the license they have enclosed.
This Urban Clip Art product "license agreement" should consider using a more appropriate license. Here's an example of a consumer friendly software license statement for a clip art collection. "This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to you ( the manufacturer).
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